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Online Catalogues

Online records for Chinese books held in Cambridge libraries may be found in the following three main locations; it may be necessary to search in more than one of these to establish the availability of a given item.

(1) Records for all Chinese books and serials (except the contents of most cong shu and the China Digital Library) are included in iDiscover. The same records are also searchable in COPAC (the Union Catalogue of the Consortium of Research Libraries).

(2) Titles contained in most cong shu are searchable (in Chinese script only) in the list of Cong shu in Cambridge Libraries.

(3) The contents of the China Digital Library can be searched by connecting to the Library online.

The UK Union Catalogue of Chinese Books, which can be searched in both Pinyin and vernacular script, includes over 83,000 titles held by Cambridge University Library, the Needham Research Institute (East Asian History of Science Library) and the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (formerly Faculty of Oriental Studies) Library.

Readers may also consult the CUL Chinese Reference Catalogue which contains over 1.8 million full vernacular script records. Not all of the books in this catalogue are held in Cambridge libraries; to find Cambridge holdings and classmarks it is necessary to search in one of the catalogues listed above. See the report on the CUL Retrospective Chinese Cataloguing Project for further details about this catalogue.

An RSS Feed is available which shows (with a delay of about 24 hours) Chinese titles newly added or upgraded on the Newton Library Catalogue (this service will function correctly only with browsers enabled for RSS).

Card Catalogue

Records for Chinese books and serials received before the end of June 2000, including analytical entries for many cong shu, may also be found in the card catalogue.

Printed Catalogue

There is a two-volume printed catalogue of the Wade Collection [FB.18.56 and FB.18.57]; the finding list must be used to determine the current classmark when requesting an item from this catalogue.


The Cambridge University Union List of Chinese Serials lists all Chinese periodicals held in Cambridge libraries. The latest issues of selected Chinese periodicals are kept in the Reading Room; they must not be removed from the Room without permission from a member of the Library staff. The latest issues of other serials may be requested by completing an Order Form at the Enquiry Desk. Bound volumes of serials stand on open access on the Ground Floor and Basement of the Aoi Pavilion.